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Toffee-Mocha Cream Torte

When you really want to impress someone, this scrumptious torte is just the thing to make! Instant coffee granules give the moist chocolate cake a mild mocha flavor, while the fluffy whipped cream layers, blended with brown sugar and crunchy toffee bits, are deliciously rich. —Lynn Rogers, Richfield, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12-14 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon hot water
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 6 Heath candy bars (1.4 ounces each), crushed, divided


  • Preheat oven to 350° . In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Dissolve coffee in water; stir into batter.
  • Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For topping, dissolve coffee in water in a large bowl; cool. Add cream and brown sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form. Place bottom cake layer on a serving plate; top with 1-1/3 cups of topping. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of crushed candy bars. Repeat layers twice. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 487 calories, 28g fat (17g saturated fat), 113mg cholesterol, 403mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • 2124arizona
    Jun 26, 2017

    A wonderful balace of flavors!! Will make again!!

  • donter
    Jan 12, 2016

    I made this when my kids were 5 and6 years old. I lost the recipe and thought they forgot about it. Then one day my 18 year old daughter ask me mom can you find the recipe for the toffee cake that you made a long time ago? Well I found it and it has been added to every holiday, birthday for them both. I even had to make it for my daughters wedding cake. So I guess you can say it is a very big hit in my family.

  • chocolateformyfour
    Aug 15, 2014

    I had to use my own gluten free chocolate cake recipe, so I can't actually comment on that part, but this is scrumptious! It had everyone swooning. I used a bit more instant coffee because we like a stronger coffee flavor. I also spread the topping on the sides so more toffee bits could be stuck on. Super fantastic.

  • pagunning
    Mar 4, 2011

    I've been making this cake for several years now and always get compliments on it. I sometimes use a German Chocolate Cake recipe for the cake portion, and use toffee bits and mini chocolate chips in place of the Heath candy bars. I also substitute powdered cocoa (about 2 teaspoons) for the coffee granules in the topping, as I don't care for the taste of coffee. I guess that makes it more of a Chocolate Toffee Cream cake...but people always ask for more!

  • Anjelah_TX
    Feb 19, 2011

    The day I tried this recipe I swore that this was the most delicious cake I had ever tasted. It was moist, chocolaty, and the topping was not too sweet. I need to try this recipe at least once. It will surely become one of your favorite to serve your family.

  • brittanymarie
    Sep 27, 2010

    Definitely one of my favorites!!

  • Sopht
    Sep 4, 2010

    This is about the best cake I've ever had. Worth the time and expense.

  • PatWTS
    Apr 12, 2010

    I use the Heath Bar chunks that come in a bag like chocolate chips. This is one of my favorite recipes....better than delicious!

  • MrsMelton
    Dec 24, 2009

    I love this cake! My sister would make it for me on request and I was so happy when I found it on here! It's simple and different and oh so tasty.

  • tawnys_mind
    Dec 26, 2008

    yes, the 1/2 tsp coffee and the 1 tsp water goes into the heavy cream. I also like to prepare this as a trifle. Pour batter into a large 1"+ deep bar pan to make a thin sheet cake and cube the cake when cool. layer the cake cubes, whipped cream, and toffee bits in a clear trifle bowl. It's very pretty and easier to serve.